MountainView remains steadfast in serving the community
I write today with hope for the future and gratitude for the resilience of our team of providers at MountainView Regional Medical Center and MountainView Medical Group. The pandemic has demonstrated how interconnected we are all, the impact each of us can have and the benefit of working together for a common cause. We care deeply about our community and remain steadfast in our commitment to providing safe and quality health services.
The arc of life is still present in a hospital, but its fragility has been very clear this year. Over half a million patients have received the medical care they need from our doctors, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, laboratory technicians, housekeepers, catering workers and other providers who have worked tirelessly to maintain a safe environment. Our family of caregivers put their fears and personal concerns aside and came to help every day, with bravery and courage.
Over 1,400 babies breathed for the first time and we celebrated with their moms. More than 11,000 left in better shape than when they came home with less pain from a joint replacement, hearts pounding after receiving a pacemaker, or a smile of relief when their colonoscopy was clear.
With pride and relief, we applauded the hundreds of patients who returned home after defeating COVID-19. But there were also moments of sadness, as our caregivers helped patients make the transition at the end of life and comforted loved ones who mourned their loss.
Helping people recover and live healthier lives is rewarding work, and we are grateful for the trust each patient has in us. And we feel the support of the community as you expressed your thanks and encouragement through prayers, caregiver parades, placards, meals and more.
Led by a local government and an advisory board of community leaders and physicians, we are dedicating our resources to increasing the medical services, facilities and technologies that are important to our patients, including a new hybrid operating room and increased surgical services. Access has been improved through the recruitment of primary care and specialists. Many of our doctors now offer telemedicine, making it easier than ever to see a doctor when you are in the comfort of your own home.
We value our relationship with Las Cruces and southern New Mexico. The more than $ 18 million in taxes we paid last year supports critical infrastructure such as first responders, schools and roads. The salaries and benefits of our team of suppliers generate purchasing power for local goods and services and help boost the local economy. And we are providing care to our most vulnerable residents, providing more than $ 24 million in charitable and unpaid care last year.
Hope is on the horizon as COVID-19 vaccinations are underway and we look forward to the time when we can all safely come together. Until then, maintain safe practices – wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. By following these simple gestures, we can do extraordinary things.
Beryl Ramsey is the Interim CEO of MountainView Regional Medical Center